What does Epiphany mean?

Definitions for Epiphanyɪˈpɪf ə ni

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. epiphany(noun)

    a divine manifestation

  2. Epiphany, Epiphany of Our Lord, Twelfth day, Three Kings' Day, January 6(noun)

    twelve days after Christmas; celebrates the visit of the three wise men to the infant Jesus


  1. epiphany(Noun)

    A manifestation or appearance of a divine or superhuman being.

  2. epiphany(Noun)

    An illuminating realization or discovery, often resulting in a personal feeling of elation, awe, or wonder.

  3. epiphany(Noun)

    Season or time of the Christian church year from the Epiphany feast day to Mardi Gras (Shrove Tuesday), the day before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent (See Epiphany).

  4. Epiphany(Noun)

    Christian feast celebrating the appearance of Jesus Christ to the Magi (representing the world), traditionally celebrated on January 6, the day after the twelfth day of Christmas.

  5. Origin: From epiphanie, from epiphania, from ἐπιφάνεια, from ἐπιφαίνω, from ἐπί + φαίνω. English Epiphany (of Christ) since the 14th century, generic use since the 17th century.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Epiphany(noun)

    an appearance, or a becoming manifest

  2. Epiphany(noun)

    a church festival celebrated on the 6th of January, the twelfth day after Christmas, in commemoration of the visit of the Magi of the East to Bethlehem, to see and worship the child Jesus; or, as others maintain, to commemorate the appearance of the star to the Magi, symbolizing the manifestation of Christ to the Gentles; Twelfthtide

  3. Origin: [F. piphanie, L. epiphania, Gr. 'epifa`nia (sc. ), for 'epifa`neia appearance, fr. 'epifai`nein to show forth; 'epi` + fai`nein to show. See Fancy.]


  1. Epiphany

    An epiphany is an experience of sudden and striking realization. Generally the term is used to describe scientific breakthrough, religious or philosophical discoveries, but it can apply in any situation in which an enlightening realization allows a problem or situation to be understood from a new and deeper perspective. Epiphanies are studied by psychologists and other scholars, particularly those attempting to study the process of innovation. Epiphanies are relatively rare occurrences and generally following a process of significant thought about a problem. Often they are triggered by a new and key piece of information, but importantly, a depth of prior knowledge is required to allow the leap of understanding. Famous epiphanies include Archimedes's discovery of a method to determine the density of an object and Isaac Newton's realization that a falling apple and the orbiting moon are both pulled by the same force.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Epiphany

    e-pif′an-i, n. a church festival celebrated on Jan. 6, in commemoration of the manifestation of Christ to the wise men of the East: the manifestation of a god. [Gr. epiphaneia, appearance—epi, to, phainein, to show.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Epiphany

    as observed in the Christian Church, is a festival held on the 12th day after Christmas, in commemoration of the manifestation of Christ to the Magi of the East; but up to the close of the 4th century the festival also commemorated the incarnation of Christ as well as the divine manifestation at His baptism.


  1. Epiphany

    Epiphany Biosciences is developing both therapeutic products and diagnostic technologies that treat or prevent the spread of pathogenic viruses.Epiphany Biosciences is a privately-held company located in San Francisco, CA. To support its mission, Epiphany has assembled a world-class team of virologists, clinicians, and drug development experts with extensive pharmaceutical business experience to lead the company forward.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Epiphany in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Epiphany in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Randall Krakauer:

    Acceptance of ones' mortality is a process, not an epiphany.

  2. David Makovsky:

    It's hard to believe that at the end of the seventh year of an administration, there's suddenly going to be an epiphany.

  3. Stephen Massocca:

    That epiphany took place days ago when the Fed minutes were released and so it’s consistent with that. I don’t think there was anything in here that was new news.

  4. Moby, quoted on CNN.com, March 2005:

    I had an epiphany a few years ago where I was out at a celebrity party and it suddenly dawned on me that I had yet to meet a celebrity who is as smart and interesting as any of my friends.

  5. Stephen Massocca:

    People think June or July are very much alive now, that epiphany took place days ago when the Fed minutes were released and so it’s consistent with that. I don’t think there was anything in here that was new news.

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